Welcome to the Imperial Polk County Astronomical Society website! We are a group of amateur astronomers in Central Florida, dedicated to informing and educating the public about the art and science of astronomy. Come join us at one of our monthly “Astronomy Nights,” located at one of several state and municipal parks here in Polk County.

Upcoming Events:

  • 07
    Tuesday, January 07

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    Circle B-Bar Reserve
    4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, FL 33803, United States

    If your kids are in the Polk District elementary schools, be sure to ask if your school has been invited to the Circle B Bar “Water, Wings and Wild Things” outing. We’ll be there for Solar viewing and talking about Light Pollution. We’ll have information for the kids and teachers.

  • 17
    Friday, January 17

    4:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Bartow Friday Fest
    Main St. & E. Wilson Ave., Bartow

    The 3rd Friday of every month is Friday Fest in Bartow. Its a block party for the city. We set up at Main St. & S Wilson Ave. with our telescopes for the public to stop by and look at what’s up in the night sky that night. The party starts at 6:00 pm, but we’ll be there a little earlier with solar scopes to look at the Sun.
    So, come on out and see what’s in the night sky.

  • 25
    Saturday, January 25

    4:00 pm-11:00 pm
    Bok Tower Gardens
    1151 Tower Blvd. Lake Wales, Florida 33853

    Every year, Bok Tower hosts a “Dark Sky Celebration” to introduce people to the pleasures of dark skies in the absence of light pollution. To show everyone what is to be seen in dark skies, we’ll be at the astronomy field with our telescopes to let you look at the wonders of the universe. And if your there before Sunset, we’ll have our Solar scopes set up for a look at the Sun.

We “get around” to several different venues and events during the year. We hope to see you at as many of these events as you can come to. See our complete schedule for the¬†year. click above to download. We add events throughout the year, so check back often for the most up to date info! You can also use the subscription form in the sidebar to receive the latest updates automatically.

So why the name “Imperial”? That goes back to the early years of our home, Polk County, Florida. At one time, Polk County boasted more paved roads than anywhere else in the southeast U.S., hence the “Imperial” moniker. It was probably more of a P.R. thing than anything else, but the name has stuck. We are still officially known as “Imperial Polk County,” and are proud of our heritage. If you look alongside several of the old roads crossing the county line, you can still see some of the old county line markers that were installed in the 1930’s.

For more information, visit http://www.polkcountyhistory.org/